Neil Warnock has predicted that Middlesbrough will make progress in the transfer market over the next couple of weeks, saying that he’s hoping to sign ‘six or seven’ new players this summer.
Things have been relatively quiet at the Riverside Stadium so far with the Teessiders making just one new signing so far in the shape of goalkeeper Joe Lumley who has arrived at the club from Championship club Queens Park Rangers.
Middlesbrough have been linked with several new faces but so far supporters have needed to remain patient.
Warnock has been enjoying some down time as well during the last few weeks but did carry out an interview with Edinburgh Live in which he was asked about Loic Damour, the ex-Cardiff City midfielder who he once managed, following his move to Scottish side Heart of Midlothian.
But while much of his chat was dominated by talk of the 30-year-old, Warnock did give some insight into Middlesbrough’s transfer progress.
Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Warnock said: “I didn’t do the deal when Loic left Cardiff but if he’s on big money, he isn’t going to get that in Scotland.
“I’m looking at another midfielder but Loic was a good squad man for me. I thought of him as a lad who would play ten to 15 games a season for me. When we had problems with injuries you could look to him. Or when I needed his tackling for certain games then he would play.
Discussing Middlesbrough’s plans, he added: “Everything is going to start moving in about two weeks time. I want six or seven players. I’ve signed one keeper so far, that’s all!
“I’m talking to everybody but haven’t got anyone signed. Players have got to be realistic because the money isn’t there like it was before.”
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Middlesbrough supporters are waiting anxiously for news of some new arrivals.
With several key players moving on in recent weeks it’s clear that the Teessiders need some significant new arrivals to come in in order to help the club next term.
If that’s going to happen then Neil Warnock will be key.
The veteran boss is hugely persuasive and the hope will be that he can play a big role in getting the club’s top targets on board.